By Bill Federer
The 11th hour of the 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH of 1918, World War I ended.Though the Armistice was signed at 5:00 AM, fighting continued till11:00 AM, killing nearly 11,000 more men.
In 1921, President Warren Harding had the remains of an unknown soldier killed in France buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
“Here rests in honored glory an American soldier know but to God.”
Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all U.S. Veterans.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan placed a soldier from the Vietnam War in the tomb.
In 1998, Michael Blassie was reburied at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
“On the threshold of eternity, many a soldier, I can well believe, wondered how his ebbing blood would color the stream of human life, flowing on after his sacrifice…
I can sense the prayers of our people…
Let me join in that prayer.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come…”
It is the Soldier, not the minister
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
It is the Soldier, not the poet
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
It is the Soldier, not the politician
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
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Veterans sacrifice so that those of us who remain behind, may retain our freedom. Too often they are ignored or demeaned when they should be saluted and honored. Veterans Day is set aside by a one time grateful nation to do just that, honor and salute those who have served and sacrificed. While I am no longer sure that this nation is grateful for the sacrifice given, I know that I am. This post is a reminder to honor those who have served and are serving. If you love our Vets please take a moment to pray for them and pray for peace. Perhaps one day soon, it will no longer be needed for some to sacrifice for others.
Veteran’s Day Prayer
Today we honor our veterans,
worthy men and women
who gave their best
when they were called upon
to serve and protect their country.
We pray that you will bless them, Lord,
for their unselfish service
in the continual struggle
to preserve our freedoms, our safety,
and our country’s heritage, for all of us.
Bless them abundantly
for the hardships they faced,
for the sacrifices they made
for their many different contributions
to America’s victories
over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them,
we honor them, we are proud of them,
and we pray that you will watch over
these special people
and bless them with peace and happiness.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
Veteran’s Day Prayer
by Bob Mack
I verified the below lists as best I could through a web check. Still a good idea to call ahead if you’re interested in taking advantage of any of the offers. I’ll be keeping a link to this on all posts from now through Veteran’s Day, 2011. H/T to Tom & John:
Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies
Abuelo’s Mexican Food – Abuelo’s offerings vary by region, be sure to call ahead to see what the discounts or freebies are included.
Chili’s — Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day.
Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome. See all the rest at